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Turn on the television these days and you’re likely to see either: a) the latest reality show complete with dramatic music and manufactured suspense; b) a news program that implies that violence and mayhem are rampant throughout society; or c) maybe some “celebrity” chef demonstrating how to make a dish in 30 minutes or less (even though everything is pre-chopped and measured and it would take the average cook almost two hours to get the same result).

The point is, these days television can stress you out.

But a new program, produced by the Tahoe Yoga & Wellness Center, should offer a more relaxing alternative.



“Yoga to You,” a new series of yoga classes broadcast on Truckee Tahoe Community Television, channel 6, aims to bring the benefits of yoga to a new audience.

“We realize that for some people, there are a lot of obstacles to coming to a yoga class,” said Walter Lightner the yoga studio owner and one of the visionaries of the television show. “If somebody could just see it on TV, just getting a taste for it might inspire them to come in for some more.”



The program, which airs four times a week, premiered two weeks ago, and Producers Roman and Tracey Iwanczuk hope to make it an ongoing series.

Currently, different styles of yoga are broadcast on a weekly basis, with the same class running all week. But eventually, they hope to have an archive of classes to choose from, and be able to mix up the class selection throughout the week.

The yoga styles broadcast on the show range from very gentle and restorative practices to more vigorous and athletic styles such as Ashtanga and Vinyasa.

Each show is taped on location at the Tahoe Yoga & Wellness Center, with Roman and Tracey doing all of the camera work and editing for the 30-minute programs.

Classes are led by a variety of instructors at the studio who, Lightner said, were initially somewhat shy about appearing on camera, but who have really had fun with the idea since they’ve gotten used to it.

One of those instructors, Ann Marie Sheridan, who taped a show on April 17, is hopeful that the television program will allow more people to enjoy the benefits of yoga practice.

“I was excited that Walter is taking this step, and Roman and Tracey are able to put it all together,” she said.

Lightner hopes that the show plays a role in what he sees as an expanding yoga scene in this area.

“We feel like there is a growing community of people using the facility on a regular basis,” he said, adding that the studio also offers pilates, acupuncture, massage and chiropractic care in addition to yoga.

Lightner’s idea for the studio came about during his 14 years as a chiropractor. As a yoga practitioner, Lightner found that he was recommending many yoga postures and exercises to his chiropractic clients, and he wished there was a place that combined a wide range of restorative and preventative practices at one location.

His vision was realized in July 2003 with the opening of the Tahoe Yoga & Wellness Center, and “Yoga to You” is another aspect of his mission to bring the benefits of yoga to a larger audience.

Community service, he said, “is a big focus of the show. And just outreach … There are just so many wonderful aspects of yoga that we wanted to make it accessible to everyone.”

“Yoga to You” can be seen on Truckee Tahoe Community Television, channel 6 on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. For more information about the Tahoe Yoga & Wellness Center call 550-8333 or see http://www.tahoeyoga.com.


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